“The UnCabaret is about storytelling. It’s spontaneous, and unrehearsed. Comedians, actors and musicians have been coming here for 20 years to tell you what’s really on their mind. It’s about performers letting themselves go, and we get to go there with them.” Beth Lapides

That’s how Beth Lapides opens each video episode of UnCabaret.

But Lapides is being modest. Her UnCabaret live shows have graced Los Angeles audiences since 1988, which means she has hosted and introduced comedians to the so-called “alternative” form of story-based comedy performances for 25 years.

And now you don’t have to be in Los Angeles on a Sunday night to enjoy them.

The first four episodes of UnCabaret are available free on Amazon Prime, and available for rental otherwise via Amazon Instant Video.

Season One of UnCabaret includes…

  • Episode 1: Greg Behrendt, Sandra Bernhard, Rob Delaney, Andy Dick, Karen Kilgariff, Alec Mapa
  • Episode 2: Margaret Cho, Dana Gould, Taylor Negron, Tig Notaro, Garfunkle and Oates
  • Episode 3: Greg Fitzsimmons, Jen Kirkman, Garfunkle and Oats, Greg Proops, Kira Soltanovich
  • Episode 4: Carlie and Doni, Selene Luna, Rory Scovel, The Sklar Brothers, Casey Wilson

Here’s a trailer with bits and pieces from the first episode. Roll the clip.

The UnCabaret has moved around Los Angeles over the years, from Luna Park to the Knitting Factory, HBO Workspace and M Bar. It landed a Comedy Central special back in 1997. Last year, UnCabaret found a new home in downtown L.A., Sunday nights at First and Hope.

UnCabaret calendar info and lineups here.